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of states that have out right banned all hand held cell phone use while driving has jumped to eight. the number of states that's banned texting while driving has jumped to 30. we are seeing improvements nation wide but the bottom line is the message doesn't seem to be reaching teenage drives and that's really the target audience here. a new survey shows that a majority of teenagers believe that drunk driving is more dangerous than texting behind the wheel but the reality is it's just as dangerous while driving drunk if not more. transportation secretary called it as significant as drunk driving. he says it's an epidemic in the country and the only solution is better education. >> persuading people it's not safe to use a cell phone to text and drive and really just having people take personal responsibility. those are the challenges that we face. >> reporter: this morning at this summit we're going to be hearing from the families who have lost loved ones due to distracted driving. we'll also hear from the teenagers who have caused these crashes. we'll be hearing from the law enforcem
. these drivers are only able to squeeze by using that left shoulder. as a result of that, they are in a solid jam up at river road. let's show you 50 west where we have more problems. this is new. an accident at mlk jr. highway. you have a one hour drive moving it outside northbound on 95 from dale city to the mixing bowl. clearing bumper-to-bumper. that is the only good news there with no accidents. watch for flooding on the inner and outer loop at the 123 exit. you have a good amount of congestion at 95 to 66. as you continue over trying to get to the american legion bridge. we have crash activity. it comes from the dulles toll road to 67. we know that all of the access lanes are blocked. it is taking away one lane on the left side. drivers here are pretty much stacked at hunter mill. back to you. >>> thank you. you heard it from howard and devin. we are under a flood watch until 9:00 p.m. flooding during a downpour is a concern in alexandria. we have jessica from old town along king street. >> reporter: good morning. we are at the very end of king street where it terminates at the potomac. i w
his mother's care. that's where gary nurenberg picks up the story and joins us live. >> reporter: this has become a sea of disbelief how neighbors wonder why a man so clearly close to his mother took his life. >> i can't believe it. >> reporter: she lives next to. he used the mother's last name at time and was known as warren davis. >> he was always there for her. if she had to go in an ambulance or anything, he rode with her. he never left her side. and i told her when she was walking out, she had a great son. this is just hard to believe. it's really hard. >> reporter: neighbors say he kept to himself but saw him now and then at church services just up the street. in her illness, he tried to give his mother a good quality of life. >> he had called about two months ago and wanted to know if i knew an address that would come because she wasn't able to come out but he wanted somebody to come to the house. so that was the kind of person he was. he didn't seem to know a lot of the neighbors. but he didn't bother anybody and he worked every day and just seemed like a decent person w
of an ambulance accident investigation that continues. we will have more on that coming up. use route 4 as the alternate. take you to the northbound trip on 95 in virginia. slow between the prince william parkway and 123 and approaching the fairfax county parkway. 395, drivers are also stuck in a delay stretching from edsall to seminary. 270 southbound is how we will wrap up. marylanders right now more drivers are hitting the road. we are tracking them from germantown road to 370. back to you. >>> at the top of the hour, here's a look at the stories happening today. treasury secretary, timothy geithner will testify later today before lawmakers. the obama administration is taking a tougher stand with china. lawmakers say china exporters have an unfair price advantage making it harder for for american companies to compete the u.s. >>> a relief well could be completed today at the site of the largest oil spill in the nation's history. the broken well that caused the spill in the gulf of mexico could finally be sealed for good by sunday. it has been capped since mid july. >>> new figures we
at the time of the attack. >> it is scary because a lot of us go out all times of day or night depending on your jobs, it to think somebody could be lurking in the neighborhood is upsetting. >> it is creepy. i can't believe it happened so close to home. >> reporter: kristin fisher, 9 news now. >> if you have any information this about case please call crime solvers at 1-866-411- tips. >>> well, christmas can be celebrated in leesburg because the county board of supervisors voted yesterday to permit holiday religious displays in front of the county courthouse. in previous years, there was a nativity scene a menorah and sikh prayers. board member steven miller cast the only vote against the proposal. >> i don't want any witness or juror to walk in to that courthouse, past a sign that says merry christmas to the white christians of loudoun brought to you by the ku klux klan. what we signed today will authorize that. >> reporter: loudoun county officials say that holiday displays will go to the fist ten groups that apply. >>> a montgomery county ride on bus is a complete loss following a fir
the child to us yet and neighbors describe an awful scene. right before noon today, a mother outside screaming for help. the first police officers arriving here quickly hustling the child and his father into a police car, racing him away to the hospital near here, but it was too late. >> it was the cords on a set of window shades that apparently strangled the child. inside the ground floor apartment at 901 north hampton, an incident shocked neighbors. >> it's like a chain cord. the baby got tangled inside it. we weren't there. we saw the helicopter, the police took the baby. and the detectives are here. it's crazy. >> police did not wait for an ambulance. an officer immediately got his boy in a washington hospital just 2 1/2 miles away. >> they have three children. three boys and they are all small. they go to elementary school. the one died is a year and a half. >> police investigating the incident believe it was an accident. most apartments in this complex are outfitted with shades that open and close with a wand that's impossible for children to tangle in. but some residents
is telling me. >> perhaps the better thing will be to watch us instead getting information from your mom. the key here is paying attention in the next 24 hours if indeed you do have plans to head out to one of the local beaches this labor day weekend because as we know from this past weekend those rip currents can be very dangerous and very deadly when you have waves of this size farther out in the ocean. back to you, peggy. >> thanks so much, kristen. you can keep track of earl and any other tropical systems that develop by logging onto wusa9.com. click on weather to download our free hurricane tracker. >>> police in amsterdam are questioning two possible terror suspects after airline security discovered they packed some bizarre travel items, but the u.s. does not believe this was a dry run for a possible attack. a passenger on a united airlines' flight used his cell phone to record dutch police arresting the two. the men triggered a security scare after they found suspicious items in his bag. inside seven cell phones, one bound to a bottle of pepto- bismol. >> anytime anybody's got a
material. >> where was the treasurer? >> angry candidates like anthony muse, whose picture was used without permission on the fake mailer suggesting he endorsed a long list of candidates he doesn't. >> when you have to break the law to become a lawmaker, every citizen should have problems with that. >> one county council candidate endorsed in the fraudulent mailer is jerry mathis, who is quoted by the gazette saying, i think it's good political strategy. the state's attorney general appears to be serious about prosecuting. >> this was completely illegal and in violation of state election laws because there is a committee that is put on that ballot which doesn't exist. >> i'm bruce leshan in loudoun county. yes, virginia, there will be christmas here in leesburg. the board of supervisors voted overwelmingly to throw the doors open to everyone religious displays, not religious displays, all allowed here at the courthouse. >> merry christmas. >> for decades on the courthouse grounds, a tree, a nativity scene, and in recent years, seek prayers and a sign celebrating atheism. some
on the victim. yet yesterday afternoon, we found this sneaker which the victim's mother tells us belonged to her. we called police and asked them to pick it up. that was yesterday, 6:00 in the afternoon. guess what? it is now tuesday and it is still here. >> so you just called them, you call them and tell them i will be sitting here until they come. i am not moving until they pick the sneaker up. >> maryland state police officers eventually returned to the scene and the investigation would be thorough. >>> somehow wants a law calling for more safety on bike paths and she wants that law to carry her dead daughter's name. reporting live, i'm armando trull, back to you. >> thank you. a driver accused of hitting a pedestrian now faces involuntary manslaughter charges. this after the 26-year-old austrian woman she allegedly struck died. police say shamika adams was about to turn left off of 18th street when her car ran over the median on september 8. two pedestrians were hit, then the car veered into a restaurant. adams also faces dwi charges. >>> a virginia man is recovering from his injuries ton
through neighborhood lawns and yards, any one of us could be outside, you know at any moment. >> nobody would know. >> neighbors speculate the suspect could have hidden. that wall should be removed. as for johnston, she'll watch her back the next time she's waiting for the bus. >> reporter: now that brick wall has been here since this neighborhood was first established in the 1950s. we made several calls this afternoon to find out who now owns this property. the county does not own the property, nor maintain that wall. v-dot may own the property. we called them. they now say they will investigate as to whether or not they can tear down that wall and neighbors say that will possible make the area a bit safer. the lights are sufficient. they are worried right now about that wall. the victim we can tell you is recovering with her family right now and police, of course, are still on the search for that suspect, anita. >> good to hear she is recovering. was she able to id her attacker? >> a very vague identification. we have a brief description of a heavy set man between 25 and 40 years o
of the muslim holy book could endanger u.s. troops serving overseas. the u.s. commander says the images of a burning choran would be used by extremists to insight violence. went to quantico, virginia, where people share the same fear. >> in the town of quantico, where american flags fly steps from the marine base, love of country and love -- some see a change in the country's landscape. >> like they said, the marine corps is at war. >> once a marine, always a marine, george fought in the koreaen and vietnam wars. he says the florida pastor who wants to burn the choran is against the troops because his actions could spark more violence and bloodshed overseas. >> like general patraeus says, it's going to cause more problems than you are going to solve. >> other members agree as well. >> i'm sure there will. you know, because anything to insight somebody, especially in wartime, you are just giving fuel to the fire. >> it's insensitive to other people's religions. on the other hand, you know, only in america you get first amendment rights. >> and pastor terri jones of the small flor
in new york on 9/11. >> reporter: and so somebody is telling us something that is not true. keep your comments coming. this is a cancellation of it burning. is that a victory for the radicals, perhaps, or what really is going on here? let us know. the address, mailbag@wusa9.com. make sure to include your name and where you are writing us from. >>> from bad to worse, dc adrian fenty, two people have said that they were in their campaign, promising them jobs in exchange for their votes. >> one or two people who said that they have been offered $100 for their votes. what we did, or what she did meetly was contact the board of elections. as the general council asking for it to be investigated. >> this is a old political trick. you don't have a strong record to run -- strong record to run on, you run away with the allegations that are based for my opponents, that's pretty much respecting it in this election. but i don't think that the citizens will let him get away with it. >> the thing is, this is the no the first contriver -- not the first controversy. a fenty supporter was paid $100 to
are cooling with. everybody please use caution. a couple of extra minutes early to avoid the bigger delays this morning. on the outer loop, we are filling in from new hampshire to georgia avenue. so far this delay plus five minutes in the car. moving to inbound new york avenue. looks like we are slow from the times building past this point at bladensburg road. okay approaching florida avenue. 95, you are delayed between duke over to seminary. expect these bumpers to start to stack up shortly and one big delay we are tracking that comes before this on 95 northbound, just dragging along between the prince william parkway and lorton and then in the express lanes the hov lanes at lorton is where we have crash activity and drivers start to back up at 123. that's the latest. back to you. >> thank you, angie. >>> let's check on how things are in leesburg, virginia. kristin fisher is live tracking our storm alert. some are seeing rain, others reason. what are you seeing, kristin? >> we are seeing more rain now. it has been stop and start throughout the morning. when i first saw you at 5:00 there w
eastbound lanes closed. drivers being forced to use that exit 87 to get on to 29 and from there they can hop on to route 40 or 99 to get around it throughout the morning rush because it looks like officials will be out there until at least 8:00 this morning. taking it to the district. we have fire activity to tell you about. it has mown pleasant closed between irving and tenth. this is in northwest. we also know that lamont is closed between 16th and 17th. we also know that 66 is slowing down. we take it outside to virginia. 234 to route 28. a lot of taillights here stacking up. the same approaching route 50 to nutley. 495 in virginia no incidents or accidents out here. but just volume and you are going to want to take it easy as you come off and on those ramps out there. you want to watch for standing water. andrea, over to you. >>> thank you, angie. >>> you know told town alexandria will see flooding in this storm. let's go live to jessica doyle. she's live along king street. how are the conditions now? >> i can tell you the rain has started to taper off a little bit. we have seen it comin
, grabbed a beer and went down the emergency chute. he is charged with criminal mischief. >>> the u.s. is bidding to host the 2018 to 2022 event and washington could host some of the games. rfk stadium held games in 1894. >>> also today employees at discovery communications head back to work. their offices are back open for the first time since the standoff. lindsey mastis live in downtown silver spring with more on the story. good morning, lindsey. >> reporter: good morning. discovery's 1900 employees were granted what is called liberal leave. that means they didn't have to come back to work until today. so far we have seen some people walking around the building but it is still early. some employees returned to the discovery headquarters the next day, right after the attacks because during the evacuation many people left their personal items like car keys, clap tops and cell phones. discovery had a dozen grief counselors on hand to help employees. >> it just makes me really sad that these kinds of senseless acts of violence are going on and people can't find a more creative way to p
of rain in eastern north carolina. obviously flooding is going on there. this will be with us for the day. maybe lessening later in the afternoon. you can see how the moisture continues to stream north. look at those deep oranges. the deep tropical rich moisture moving north. with that and a storm tracking to this west. a tornado watch until 7 a.m. this is a short lived one. i imagine this will be replaced after 7 a.m. and basically everyone east of 95 including washington, much of howard county, eastern montgomery, down to the northern neck, southern maryland, eastern shore. tornado watch until 7 a.m. and as far as the flood watch, we have the flood watch until 9:00. the counties in green, which is the entire metro, southern maryland down to fredericksburg out to loudoun, eastern faulkier, prince william, manassas city, fairfax, that is a flood warning. through 9:00 p.m., a flood watch. the flood warnings go until 10:45 this morning. and as far as our rainfall projections potential any way through 1:00 this morning. we are still looking. see those yellowish areas, that's eight to ten inc
. the publisher is redacting the material in a second edition of the book. at least 8,000 u.s. soldiers are involved in a new offensive in afghanistan. operation dragon strike is targeting the heart of taliban territory in the southern city of kandahar. u.s. commanders say there's a lot of tough fighting ahead, and with the force of close to 10,000 troops, this is the first time the afghan forces have have outnumbered their american counterparts. the verdict is guilty for a drunk driver who killed three people, including maryland native nick adenhart. he was a rookie pitcher for the los angeles angels. a california jury convicted him of second-degree murder. prosecutors say he had a blood alcohol level of almost three times the legal limit. gallo ran a red light causing the crash and then drove away. gallo was also driving without a license because he was on probation for a previous dui. >>> the trial for the man accused of killing sandra levy is being pushed back. he trial was scheduled to start next week but now a judge has delayed it two weeks to october 18th to try to resolve outsta
us in the 70s. cool spot reston at 70. we are at 77. going up to near 90. upper 80s by noon and also for 5:00 look for for sun and some wind. go over to angie goff. >> rev up the engines folks, we are getting geared up for a new hour. one issue out there we are dealing with. a water make main break on 410 where it meets 295. one lane on the right side getting by in both directions. moving to 270, take it outside. it is a problem free commute past father hurley to the split. as we move to virginia, 495 in virginia from the wilson bridge to 95 up to 66 looks like drivers are moving at speed. the same situation for those of you traveling 395. no incidents or accidents along the way past duke street toward shirlington. that's a quick look at traffic. andrea, back to you. >>> it is about 3 1/2 months until christmas but today we should learn whether loudoun county will allow any holiday displays in front of the courthouse. the debate has been going on since last year, and supervisors got final input last night. 9 news now reporter kristin fisher is live in leesburg, virginia, with more. g
of rivers and fund an anacostia cleanup and it's having a big impact. last year dc shoppers used 270 million disposable bags. the number is down by 60% this year. >> 60? >> 60. >> that's huge. >> that's huge. that's what it says. >> keeping the river clean. >> the number of 90 degrees days, wasn't just 90 but 95 yesterday. back in april and may we had a total of five. june and july a total of 39. august and september, another 20. giving us a grand total of 64. we are three shy of the record and we have today and tomorrow to get in to the 90s. that will get us to 66. oh, 67 will be hard pressed. that's okay. we don't need the record but we are making a run at it nonetheless. the momslikeme.com bus stop forecast, mainly clear, a patch or two of fog in the mountains. 60s and 70s. the sunrise 56. mid 70s by 9:00. and 90ish for the drive home. winds from the south at five to ten and air quality is code yellow. as far as the records for today, tie the record at 94 at dulles yesterday. 93 is today's record. that could go but 98 is safe in dc. same with martinsburg at 101 and tonight it will be a pa
to keep us safe. >> it's insensitive to other people's religions. on the other hand, you know, only in america. you get first amendment rights. >> the florida pastor says he is within his right to burn the choran, despite these warnings, he since received several death threats. >>> religious leaders here in washington are keeping a close eye on the story and they don't like what they see. as alex reports, they are calling for an end to antimuslim bigotry. >> either because politically or religiously, they simply do not like muslims. >> the message, hatred against muslims will not be tolerated. >> religious leaders cannot stand by in silence. >> top christian, jewish, and islamic are standing by. it's his way to protest the 9/11 attacks and the plan to build a mosque near ground zero. >> we will not be controlled by their fear. we will not be dominated by them. >> this is not the real america and it never has been and it never should be. >> the majority of muslims are law-abiding, are ethical, good people. >> the threat to hurt muslims resinate with many muslims. people who
it is planning new cars for the u.s. and will have to triple sales here. >>> a new restaurant is coming to dc and if you don't like hot dogs this probably won't be the place for you. it is a 20-feet hot dog house and it will feature regional concept like the cincinnatety chili dog. it opens next week near captiol hill. >> sounds like the perfect place for us. >> we are pro hot dog here at 9 news now. >>> coming up we will lack at major stories making news and include ways to save some money. >> looking forward to it. thank you, jess. >>> the jetblue flight attendant who made national headlines last monday will not get his job back. you remember the angry employee that told off passengers, grabbed a beer and went down an emergency chute. the airline said that slater was not fired. that he reseened. slater is charged with criminal mischief and is going to court tomorrow. still to come, president obama focuses on the economy. he's hitting the road with a message and in four minutes our hero central report. meet a group from prince william county helping people down on their luck get a second cha
is joining us live from the maryland resort town. the storm could have had an impact on the holiday week but looks okay, scott. >> reporter: it is a dramatic difference right now. the sun is out. the boardwalk is crowded with people. it is as if earl wasn't hanging around at all today. the peak of the storm was 1:00 this afternoon. about four hours ago, exactly at this spot. look at what it looked like. where there used to be beach, hurricane tossed ocean slammed against the sea wall in ocean city. how does it look to you out there? >> rough,. >> reporter: rough. very dangerous. >> reporter: here's the same spot on the beach 24 hours ago. today it is a potentially lethal place to billion precautions including locking the city's sea wall gates paid dividends. it was a lot of curiosity for visitors who decided to stick around to see what earl would bring. >> they called everyone off the beach. i guess they are afraid they will be swept away or something. >> they could be knocked down, swept away. >> reporter: the good news the ocean doesn't look inviting and people will stay out. tomorrow
development and alternative energy. >> reporter: baker talks about leadership skills. >> importantly for us, education is something that i've worked on for the last seven years, hands-on experience recruiting teachers. i think that's going to make the difference for us in the race. >> reporter: numbers are not extraordinarily high so far but as rush-hour now, people on the way home from work, a couple hours left to vote, then the counting and lesli, as you know, we will be on top of it all night long. >> we know you will, gary. thank you for that. we know the turnout has been low in d.c. too. that's where bruce johnson is following the mayoral race and the other races there. he just wrapped up an interview with mayor adrian fenty so we are going to get that to you later in the show and of course we are following all the local races online at wusa9.com. tune in tonight at 11:00 for the full race results. >>> your future is in your hands. your life is what you make of it and nothing, absolutely nothing is beyond your reach. >> for a second year, president obama delivered a message to children
of us are washing our hands. a study in the "usa today" found 85% of adults say they wash their hands in public restroom rooms. however, when it comes to the sexes, the study says only 77% of men wash compared with 93% of women. >>> it is 8 after the hour. ahead a health alert about peripheral artery disease. it can be deadly if you don't know the warning signs. in three minutes, what you need to look out for. and learn about free testing coming up later this week. >>> right now our ocuss on maryland's weather and traffic. here's howard. >> no fog this morning. that's good. a little cool to start but we are in for a good looking tuesday an here. we start the day with 60s and even 50s out in parts of western maryland by 9:00 in the 860s 860s. -- angie has the maryland tuesday traffic. >> that's right. sky 9 is hovering over the roads. a live look at conditions on 4 t 5 near the georgia avenue exit. right now we are watching congestion build on the outer loop. that's the right of the screen making your way from new hampshire avenue to this spot. we are lacking a plus five minutes and gr
>>> hello. thanks for joining us one week after the discovery headquarters standoff, police had another dangerous situation in southeast washington. this time it ended peacefully. our 9 news now kristin fisher was there and has the latest on the investigation. >> reporter: it all started 4:30 this morning when a woman walked in to the street, flagged down an officer and told them there was a man pointing a gun at a woman inside of this home. >> our officers responded to the scene, secured a perimeter and summoned our emergency response team [ sirens ] >> it was more than 40, maybe 30 police cars 5:30 this morning. it was a pretty good number of cars. >> reporter: the suspect held the woman hostage four hours inside of this home. finally at 8:30 the suspect surrendered. no one was injure and no shots were fired. police are trying to find the suspect's alleged gun and trying to figure out a motive and the relationship between his suspect and hostage. both are safe and in police custody. neighbors say they are relieved the standoff ended peacefully but are quick to point out all of
mile from the regional airport. >>> it seems many of us don't want to pay for grocery bags. the five cents bag tax is falling short of original estimates but city officials say that proves the program to clean up the anacostia river is working. the examiner reports the bag tax generated $1.5 million during the first fiscal year. officials expected around $4 million. the environmental groups also report they are pulling fewer bags from area waterways. >>> still to come on 9 news now, low-cost carriers and a high-profile bid to increase market share. we will tell you what it means for travelers in our area. >>> plus, in the era of large consolidations and mergers, a store is celebrating its independence. those stories are just ahead. >>> northwest we have clouds but no showers. but hang on to this. we will take you out with titan radar. a lot of activity in richmond and raleigh and that is what we are worried about. we will talk about when that will roll in and track it and we will talk about the morning commute. >>> southwest announced a plan to buy airtran. it could mean cheaper flig
to other precincts. another one where they didn't have the key to turn the machine on. people have told us that folks left, even workers at the precincts told us there were people who left who said they had to go to work and couldn't stay. >> reporter: and another allegations we are -- allegation here hearing are some republicans are showing up and being allowed to register as democrats and partake in the primary. they said they wouldn't allow that to happen. that's going to be part of this overall investigation. there are no lines on the inside and again we really can't explain that. normally there would be lines but it might be due to early voting in the district and it might be the fact that people became complacent and decided to sit this one out. we won't know until later. >> as the mayor points out if there's no lanes, maybe not so much incentive to keep the polls open late. let's ask this question. when will the board of elections make a decision as to whether the polls stay open late? there's only an hour to go before they close anyway. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. so we expect s
on contact us and be part of the wusa9 team. >>> a landmark in fauqier county burned to the ground. our kristin fisher brings us more. >> i don't know how much i liked it until it was burning. >> reporter: cattle manager lindsey easton says he's still in shock. the barn he ran is gone. the fire broke out around 8:00 monday night. massive flames could be seen from miles away. it took firefighters from five counties to finally get the fire under control. 24 hours later, the remains were still smoldering. >> it is really traumatic to see something like that, especially when you have animals inside it and it's pretty hard to look at. >> reporter: when the fire started, this barn was packed full of cattle, so this is where firefighters had to literally saw through the fence to get all of the cattle out. >> it's a miracle. we don't know how many died. we've gotten out over 200 head. >> reporter: at least eight cattle were killed in the fire and there could be more. fortunately, no people were inside when the fire started, but one firefighter was injured. >> transported to fauqier hospital wit
/11. mahmoud ahmadinejad claims most people in the world believe the u.s. was behind the terror attack and as manuel gallegus reports, today, president obama fired back. >> reporter: president obama has strong words for iran's leader. >> it was offensive and hateful. >> reporter: the president is slamming mahmoud ahmadinejad for suggesting the u.s. government was behind the 9/11 attacks to prop up israel. the iranian president made the comment at the united nations on thursday. >> particularly for him to make the statement here in manhattan, just a little north of ground zero, where families lost their loved ones. for him to make a statement like that was inexcusable. >> reporter: mahmoud ahmadinejad claims that most of the world and most americans are suspicious about what happened here at ground zero. and says the u.s. government used 9/11 to justify two wars. >> under the pretext of that event, two countries were invaded. and up until now, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed as a result. >> reporter: president obama insists mahmoud ahmadinejad doesn't represent the peop
in as a shed fire. that's where the shed used to be. but when it was burning, winds sent the flames 20 feet away to this row of the town houses melting that vinyl siding. >> vinyl siding covers all these town houses. highly flammable. a good temperature. so the threat of the fire as it goes up here to the topics, quickly made their way to the attic in the roof area. >> reporter: now, of course, it could have been much worse, but the neighbors knocked on doors, getting everybody out. the firefighters got all the pets. and just incredible. a little big. actually, this is a heavy cat found alive inside the burned townhouse. can you believe it? or owner has a huge smile on her face. as all the pets made it out okay. it was a hot and raging fire. >> and she looks almost as big as you are. >> like 20 pounds. 15 years old, that cat. unbelievable. burned whiskers. >> did those town homes have fire walls? >> they absolutely do have fire walls. you can see the brick coming out. but the brick does not come far enough out. that's the way it is. and the vinyl siding is so flammable that the fire gets up
safety. be more careful when you cook in the kip and use outdoor grills and never leave them going and walk away. >>> now an update on a woman charged with animal cruelty after her dog died in a hot car. catherine washington now faces 18 months probation and during that time she can't own any pets. that was the sentence handed down bay district court judge in frederick. she pleaded guilty to animal cruelty after her 14-year-old yellow lab died in july. she left the dog in a car with the windows down while she went in to costco to buy pet supplies. the outside air on that day 104 degrees. >>> right now in largo, friends and family are holding a vigil for the maryland senate candidate hit and killed while riding her bike last sunday. she was the green party candidate. she was hit on sunday morning while riding her bike and she died one day later. police have not charged the driver who hit her yet. >>> the military's policy of don't ask, don't tell takes a hit from a federal judge. it's about the case of a former major margaret witt. the pentagon gave her a discharge under the don't a
's threat to burn copies of the muslim holy book could endanger u.s. troops serving overseas. christian, carrie jones says he's prepared to burn copies of the choran this weekend to mark the anniversary of the september 11 attacks. leaving open the possibility he'll change his mind. >> want to send a clear message to the peaceful muslims. we have freedom of speech. we have freedom of religion. they are more than welcome to be here. more than welcome to worship. more than welcome to build mosques, but our 9/11 demonstration, our 9/11 protest is to send a clear message to the radical element of islam that we will not tolerate that in america. >> un-american and the u.s. commander in afghanistan says the image of a burning choran would insight more violence. delia joins us with more from our local military community. >> they will let general patraeus speak for them on this issue. however, lotteds of folks here in town agree and share the same fear that this protest could spark more violence. in the town of quantico, where american flags fly just steps from the marine base, love of count
residents recommended the ban after the county received an increase in requests to use the space. the county board established a policy that allows up to ten groups at a time to install displays on the courthouse grounds but now that same commission that started it all is now asking the board to reconsider. andrea? >> before you go, as you said we have been talking about this almost a year now. what can we expect at ted's meeting? >> well, today we are expecting the big vote. this is what we have been waiting on for several months now. the county board, the loudoun county board will be voting today. right here in this building at t 30. last night, of course, they listened to the temperature from residents at the public hearing but today is the big day that we should be getting a vote. back to you. >> finally a vote that is an answer. >> i know. >> all right. thank you. >>> new this morning, police investigate a bomb threat on an international flight. while you slept, the fbi scoured its high airways flight. the threat was found scrolled on a bathroom mirror. they searched the plane and spoke
are lawful and found that laken's motives are irrelevant, at least until sentencing. it is impossible for us to put on a defense without them. >> reporter: you have nothing left? >> we have been deprived of everything. what is left? >> reporter: the obama campaign did release a short form certification of live birth. it shows the president was born in honolulu, the state health director and registrar of vital statistics say state law prevents them from releasing the original birth certificate with the signatures. >> president clinton said he didn't have sex with that woman, monica la wince lieu wins key. what are they trying to hide? >> reporter: the military judge did delay the start of the trial for a month to give the defense more time to ask that court of appeals for help. >> if the appeals court goes against lieutenant colonel laken too, then what is he going to do? he's left with what they call the good soldier defense and what that basically draws on is 18 years of military service, his rank, the fact that he's served previously in bosnia and that he's deployed before to afghanistan
years ago. both the u.s. supreme court and the governor, bob mcdonald, they have now declined her request for clemency. >>> today, governor mcdonald released the results of the private audit of the virginia department of transportation. and the results were less than impressive. that investigation found hundreds of millions of dollars, actually went unspent while of course, drivers around here, they were sitting in traffic. the governor called the problem, missing management. and he said that the money could have paid for the roadside mowing, rest stop, or the other workers salaries. >>> in the meantime, they are wondering if keeping those shoulder lanes on i-66 open all the time would help ease some of the traffic on the the highways. right now, those lanes, they are only open during the rush hour. keeping them open around the clock, would cost about $8 million. and the county is also thinking about thing longer-term solutions to the traffic tieups like hot lanes, or maybe extending metro service. >>> and speaking of metro rail, it is now significantly safer than when the red lin
. no matter what, it's all about the children. >> reporter: elaine parker says she used to work with armstrong who other friends say lately was struggling financially. >> somewhere june and may she was out of electricity and stuff. and she was trying to get money together. >> reporter: they had a broken water line and apparently it was leaking into our kitchen. >> reporter: kevin roberts lives next door. his place is totally destroyed as he tries to salvage what he can in the dark, he counts his blessing that both he and his roommate were at when the fire started. >> i thought this was a movie. it didn't look real to me. i am in shock, disbelief and -- >> reporter: his voice trails off as he tries to find words to describe how he feels about his neighbors who did not survive. brittany morehouse, 9news now. >> and as of right now, we have no idea what caused that fire. the fairfax county firefighters are still investigating it. >>> new at 11:00, mother nature caused some problems for one montgomery county family tonight. take a look at this. high winds blew this tree down on a home in wheaton.
the start. >> i'm hearing people describe my husband using adjective that are absolutely shocking. >> reporter: the mayor won't say he was personally hurt when he was trailing the councilman. but his wife of 13 years, the mother of his three children said it for him. >> it was heartbreaking to think there was so many people in this city, in his city, the city he was born and raised in, that feel he's disconnected from the issues. >> how is it that the city is so divided racially? the majority of the white people love the job you're doing and the black people are just the opposite. >> it is bigger than me, that is for sure. obviously it is a disconnection that is more than just results. we need to bridge that disconnection. >> he wanted every precinct. but heading into the primary a poll shows a majority of african-american voters have given up on him. >> i think it is because they don't know him and he didn't give them a chance to get to know him. >> i think that is part of him being a young politician, and not being able to read what people want to see and feel. >> she says she's
not heard from the chons already since the primary. can you give us a decision as to what that is and you did not work with the chairman? >> you have campaigned for mayor fenty, your campaign lost, can you give us reactions to any of this? >> we didn't go that far as a discussion. and what is unclear is if it will be be before they take office in january and later. and gray is criticizing her management trial, her firing of some teachers. most of the supporters want her gone. reed's husband to be, former nba guard in sacramento mayor, kevin johnson, shows you what most of them believe is the national star acing among the education reformers. >> they will meet again in the next week or two, and they will figure out if this is the right fit to stay in dc and if they want that. everybody that you could panel, they want her to work for her or their organizations. and to show you the total options. i don't think that they are staying with npc. >> reporter: mayor johnson knocked out rumors after the two got married in a private ceremony. >> do you want to talk about the wedding? are you still s
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